... to start 2011 with some interesting articles, I'd like to share with you two articles from IEEE Internet Computing entitled "Watching Video over the Web" written by Ali Begen, Tankut Akgul, and Mark Baugher.
Part I: Streaming Protocols
Abstract: A U.S. consumer watches TV for about five hours a day on average. While the majority of viewed content is still the broadcast TV programming, the share of the time‐shifted content has been ever increasing. One third of the U.S. consumers currently use a digital video recorder (DVR)‐like device for time‐shifting, however, the trends are showing that more and more consumers are going to the Web to watch their favorite shows and movies on a computer or mobile device. Increasingly, the Web is coming to the digital TV, which incorporates movie downloads and streaming using Web protocols. In this first part of a two‐part article, the authors describe both conventional and emerging streaming solutions using Web and non‐Web protocols and provide a detailed comparison.
Citation: Ali Begen, Tankut Akgul, Mark Baugher, "Watching Video over the Web, Part I: Streaming Protocols," IEEE Internet Computing, 22 Dec. 2010. IEEE computer Society Digital Library. IEEE Computer Society, http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MIC.2010.155
Part II: Applications, Standardization and Open Issues
Abstract: In this second part of a two-part article, the authors look into applications for streaming including end-to-end mobile and in-home streaming, contrasting adaptive approaches to other video delivery paradigms, discuss the current standardization efforts and highlight the areas that still require further research and investigation.
Citation: Ali Begen, Tankut Akgul, Mark Baugher, "Watching Video over the Web, Part II: Applications, Standardization and Open Issues," IEEE Internet Computing, 22 Dec. 2010. IEEE computer Society Digital Library. IEEE Computer Society, http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MIC.2010.156